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Legal regulator shuts down law firm Follett Stock after it collapses into liquidation

November 7, 2013
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Legal regulator shuts down law firm Follett Stock after it collapses into liquidation

West law firm Follett Stock, which until recently had an office in Bristol, has been closed down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) following the appointment of liquidators earlier this week. The SRA said it made the move “in order to protect the interests of clients (or former or...

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Duo appointed to law firm Foot Anstey’s expanding Bristol office

November 5, 2013
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FOOT-ANSTEY

Regional law firm Foot Anstey has continued to invest in its rapidly-growing Bristol office by recruiting two top legal specialists. Deborah Carrivick joins from Bristol rival Burges Salmon where she has spent the last 15 years specialising in high-value tax and trust work while construction law expert Fran Button returns...

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Legal ‘bible’ Chambers 2014 champions Bristol’s top lawyers

November 1, 2013
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Legal ‘bible’ Chambers 2014 champions Bristol’s top lawyers

Bristol’s top lawyers have been recognised in the annual Chambers guide – often viewed as the sector’s ‘bible’ and a reference tool for businesses buying in legal services. The best firms and individual lawyers across more than 70 different practice areas are highlighted in the publication which is based...

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Osborne Clarke plans to take bite of Big Apple legal market with New York office

November 1, 2013
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Osborne Clarke plans to take bite of Big Apple legal market with New York office

Bristol law firm Osborne Clarke has opened an office in New York as it seeks to grow its overseas business and strengthen its offering in the digital technologies. The office is in Soho, regarded as the heart of the city’s creative and digital district. Osborne Clarke is known for...

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Top private client team in surprise move from Osborne Clarke to Bond Dickinson

October 25, 2013
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Top private client team in surprise move from Osborne Clarke to Bond Dickinson

Two of Bristol’s most respected private client lawyers have quit city legal heavyweight Osborne Clarke to join smaller rival Bond Dickinson, taking their teams with them. The surprise departure of high-profile private client and charity law partner Mark Woodward and property partner Robert Drewett – plus their associated teams...

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Innovation will be key to unlocking Bristol’s bright future, conference hears

October 16, 2013
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Innovation will be key to unlocking Bristol’s bright future, conference hears

Bristol will have a bright economic future if it harnesses the innovation of its key sectors and the talents of its skilled workforce and also markets itself effectively, a major conference heard this week. But it needs to overcome some serious issues, particularly around transport, and it needs to...

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Cream of Bristol’s lawyers recognised at city’s Law Society awards

October 11, 2013
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Cream of Bristol’s lawyers recognised at city’s Law Society awards

Osborne Clarke and Gregg Latchams scooped the law firms of the year titles at this year’s Bristol Law Society annual awards dinner staged last night. Osborne Clark – one Bristol’s ‘big two’ firms – won the award for Law Firm of the Year  with more than 15 partners sponsored...

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Niche London property practice joins Veale Wasbrough Vizards

October 2, 2013
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Niche London property practice joins Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Bristol law firm Veale Wasbrough Vizards has taken over niche London property practice George Carter in a move that further strengthens its City office. George Carter specialises in commercial and residential property. Its three partners, two lawyers and four support staff will now be based in VWV’s London office in...

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Inquiries rise for specialist lawyers as interest builds in Govt’s Help-to-Buy scheme

September 30, 2013
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Inquiries rise for specialist lawyers as interest builds in Govt’s Help-to-Buy scheme

Specialist property law firm Hoffman Male is experiencing a large increase in the numbers of homebuyers contacting its Bristol office to take advantage of the Government’s controversial Help-to-Buy schemes, which aim to encourage buyers back into the market. The NewBuy scheme, launched in March last year, offers Government loans...

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Legal 500: Mergers drive Bristol market as conditions remain tough

September 27, 2013
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Legal 500: Mergers drive Bristol market as conditions remain tough

Bristol’s legal market has been dominated by more mergers and new arrivals as its firms are increasingly challenged by highly-competitive conditions, according to the latest Legal 500 published this week. The annual directory, one of the definitive guides to the UK legal sector, says the regional market experienced “another...

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Legal 500: Bristol’s movers and shakers

September 27, 2013
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Every year the Legal 500 identifies the leading individuals among Bristol’s law firms. This year it has highlighted: Omar Al-Nuaimi - Osborne Clarke (Banking and finance) Neil Baker – Clarke Willmott (Planning) Alan Barr – Burges Salmon (Corporate and commercial) Michael Bothamley – DAC Beachcroft (Commercial property) Andrew Braithwaite...

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Legal 500: Bristol sector analysis

September 27, 2013
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The Legal 500 analyses firms by sector to identify the top players in each practice area. Here are its findings in the key Bristol sectors of technology, media and telecoms; commercial property and finance. TMT (technology, media and telecoms), IT and telecoms Burges Salmon advises blue-chip clients on large-scale...

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Temple Bright makes its mark with first Tech City deal

September 27, 2013
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Temple Bright makes its mark with first Tech City deal

Innovative law firm Temple Bright has delivered the first significant deal out of its new London office in the high-growth Tech City area of Shoreditch. Fittingly, it is a tech-driven transaction: brand engagement agency FM Group has acquired the Shoreditch app and web developer Red C for an undisclosed...

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